Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Three Kids, Three Birthdays

So, I have this neat little thing, that I like to call my magic 3. I have 3 children and all of their birthday's fall within a month and 2 days of each other.  Their birthdays are 10, 11 and 12. I've always thought that was a little special as well.  My daughter turned 12 on the 10th of March, and she decided on a small sleepover, followed by taking her shopping. And, that she did. My feet hurt afterwards, but she had fun and it made it worth it.  Of course, being the pre teen she is, she decided she didn't want me to take photos of everything.  And, so I respectfully followed behind her. You know, us mama bears can be embarrassing and all.

Ethan turned 8 on the 11th. My sweet boy doesn't have any close friends and so we took him out with the family to an arcade, lazer tag and bumper cars.  He picked Waffle House for his lunch date and he received a few gifts.







The story behind this Five Nights at Freddy's Cake? Well, he requested a home made cake. I tried to warn the poor fella, that his mother is not a cake connoisseur. I mean, cupcakes are my thing. I can make a cute cupcake. Cakes? No. Just, NO.  So I had this all planned out, and then I went to write his name in red cookie icing that I had left over from Christmas.  Well, it spilled. To my horror, I was left to improvise. So what's a mom to do?  I had to make Freddy a little morbid.  Luckily for me, he was impressed.


My sweet middle child? He also broke his arm. Or should I say, one of his friends broke his arm. Boys...(sigh).

Danny, turned 1 on the 12th and same scenario. I literally don't know anyone here, and I opted out of a 1st birthday celebration after my parents declined to come out.  We aren't too fancy anyway, so he doesn't know any better.  He enjoyed a giant cupcake and opened some presents.













Danny also received his first haircut at a really cute kids place. I am a fan :)





I literally can't believe a year has come and gone. A year.  Wait, yes, yes I can believe it.  It has been a very long year for me. Perhaps I will get into that another time.  There really is just so much going on these days that it's hard to keep track of everything.

One thing I know for sure is that I love my three amazing children, more than anything.

Oh time, be still.

Let me watch the weeds feed the garden that turns into long tall flowers and a forest of tall strong trees.

Be blessed, dear readers!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

How I use mypoints to coupon


I haven't had a coupon blog, for as long as I can remember.  I don't particularly identify with extreme couponing. In fact, If I am out and about I will typically use a coupon if I have one on hand, but never match sales anymore. UNLESS, of course it comes to CVS.  CVS is my couponing dream come true.  I'm not even exaggerating.  It is by far the easiest place for me to save HUGE.  I typically will only buy things that earn ECBs (extrabucks - store cash).  I will save them and roll them on a deal combing other coupons in order to get items free, free earning ecbs (money makers), or super cheap.

Now that I have Danny, and have to buy diapers all over again (and believe me, the prices in diapers have gone up A LOT since my oldest two were in them), I try EVERYTHING to save money on diapers, be it amazon warehouse boxes, coupons, etc. CVS is my go to lately though.

Now, let me tell you my little secret.  I used to have a mypoints.com account. I still do.  I decided last year to re explore it, because it had been a while. Basically, if I search a merchant through mypoints, and shop online via mypoints, mypoints credits me x amount of points per dollar spent after up to 30 days. I mean, look at it this way, if you're shopping online anyway, why not earn points towards your purchase to later cash in on.  They also have in store promotions from time to time, where you upload a receipt and can bank BIG points.  I participate in surveys sometimes to earn points, or print coupons through them and they track the usage and credit me points for that as well, along with a plethora of other options.  Once I have a certain amount of points banked, I cash them in for gift cards.

I myself cash mine in for CVS online e gift cards.  This makes my couponing stretch EXTRA long and I get even better deals. Interested? Sign up here :)

Here are some of my deals using coupons, ECBs and mypoints gift cards to show you examples of how I save BIG being a mom of 3.

CVS Deal Transaction Last Week:



Huggies were on sale buy one get one 50% off.
I purchased (3) 25 count packs and (1) 19 count pack (my son is big in a size 5 so his size is hit or miss in stores)

$12.89 + $5.89 (half off) + $11.79 + $5.89
TOTALS Before Coupons: $36.46

Now, I had (4) printable huggies coupons that I used through mypoints.
(2) $3 off and (2) $2 off, so $38.48 - $10 (in printable coupons)

I then used a $6 off $30 purchase coupon that CVS emailed me.

I then rolled an ECB from the prior week for $5, so $22.48 - $5 = $14.86 (they only charged tax on SOME coupons), so $14.86 = $2.02 sales tax = $16.88

Now, check out my receipt and you will see the $10 gift card applied (that was an egift card from mypoints).
$16.88 - $10 egift card = $6.88 OUT OF POCKET




The CVS extrabuck deal was, spent $30 on Huggies and earn $10 extrabucks.



So, $10 - $6.88 is a profit of $3.12 !!  I walked out of CVS having made $3.12 for 93 diapers! Even Wal Mart can't beat that!

NEXT, is showing you an example of how I ROLL that $10 into another transaction for THIS week:



CVS promotion of spent $25 in participating products earn $7 ECB, So I purchased (2) charmin at $9.99 each and (5) Dawn dish soaps at .99 each = $24.93 (they round it up to $25)

CVS promotion of buy (2) Irish Spring body soap at 2 for $8 get back $3 ECB (I did this twice, since they have a limit of 4, and Stephen likes this body wash).  So, $16.

TOTALS BEFORE COUPONS: $24.93 + 16 = $40.93 + $2.76 sales tax = $ 43.69 

I used the $10 ECB from last week, so $43.69 - $10 = $33.69
I then used a $25 mypoints gift card I cashed out on this week, so $33.69 - $25 = $8.69 OUT OF POCKET





Now, on this deal, I earned $7 ECB for the Charmin and Dawn Deal and $6 on the Irish Spring deal, making me earn $13 in ECBs.

$13 ECB - $8.69 out of pocket makes a profit of $4.31!!  

I'm sure I could have gotten this deal cheaper had I had manufacturer coupons on hand, but no biggie!

So in the last two weeks, I spent out of pocket $6.88 + $8.69 = $15.57 for all items picture above and STILL have $13 to spend!  So it's like getting it all for $2.57.

So, that being said, I have $13 in ECBs and I still have a $5 mypoints gift card left to spent. I see more cheap diapers in my future.

Are you thrifty like me? Consider using mypoints, using my referral, so I get credit :)
Here is a screen shot of my mypoints account to give you an idea. The item highlighted shows where I had cashed in for the $25 egift card used in the above transaction:




Tell me about your favorite couponing trips, dear readers!



Monday, February 27, 2017

Photos and Life

It's been a while, as usual.  So much has gone on, yet so little time to actually type things out.  I wish I could find a way to blog from the tablet, it would make blog life much easier.

Expect MAJOR DIY renovation updates within the next few months.  I am converting a garage into a bedroom, painting my kitchen cabinets white, along with a list of other things that I can't wait to reveal. This should be good.  I finally took more photos of my children, so I'll share those.  Danny is now 10 months old, he's still in his DOC BAND, and I am loving the results!

Only two more weeks left and then it's a thing of the past.  He has 3 teeth, crawls and drools on everything. MiMi broke her wrist skating with a friend, and Ethan, well, he's a typical little almost 8 year old boy. He loves gaming and getting dirty.

(12 in March)

 (8 in April)

Baby's First Easter...10 months at time of photo.


Broken Wrist

Danny visited Kure Beach for all of 10 minutes.


I some how still find time to put on makeup when I leave the house.

My little Doc Band baby

Ethan continually gets A honor roll, and acts shy for a photo op

But, he still likes transformers..

 Danny tries to get into everything.

Danny's first snow was at a Cranial Technologies 
appointment - Stephen held him so I could snap a photo.

Stephen and I have yet to kill each other.


The kids stay busy, and I stay sane.  With Stephen's firefight schedule, most nights I am alone while he works.  The truth is, it's a good day if I actually put on my makeup or take my hair out of a bun. I'm sure the days I get done up, Stephen appreciates it, because the rest of the time I'm rocking the "tired mama bags under the eyes".  We went ahead and bought this shed, and we are waiting on the company to contact us to build it on site.


They told us it could take up to 3 weeks. Once that's done, we can move all the garage contents into it and begin on the garage room conversion and I can share with you all a cheap way to do it on a budget. Wish us luck!